May 14, 2020

Dear CVCC Family,

As elders, we have decided to re-open in-person worship for this coming Sunday while continuing to live stream for those who are not able to attend in-person. We do this with strict guidelines in place for your safety. Please read carefully all the guidelines below. We will constantly evaluate the situation and risk of gathering in the weeks to come. If people do not comply with the guidelines, and we feel our gathering is posing a great risk to our church and community, we will have to cancel in-person gatherings again. We have done a great deal of research and thinking on how to provide a safer gathering and need your cooperation.

Consider watching the livestream at home if…

Based on what we know now, those at high risk for severe illness from COVID-19 are:

  • People 65 or older
  • People with serious underlying  medical conditions

You may be showing symptoms of COVID-19 if:

  • In the last 14 days, you have had a fever > 100 degrees, cough, shortness of breath, loss of taste or smell, chills, and/or repeated shaking with chills, vomiting/diarrhea, unexplained headache or muscle ache.

Procedure for in-person attendance

  • When you arrive, please stay outdoors until at least 9:20 a.m.
  • At 9:20 a.m. we will open the doors for you. Don’t touch the doors.
  • Please enter by family unit only, maintaining a distance of 6 feet from others.
  • Sanitize your hands upon entering. Someone will be ready to provide it to you.
  • You will be directed to an area where you can sit.
  • Make sure you/your family sit 6 feet from others. Don’t take a seat right next to someone not in your family.
  • Please do not mingle inside the building or go into other rooms. Stay at your seats until you are dismissed at the end of the worship service.
  • You may get up to go to the bathroom, but do your best not to!
  • When the worship service is over, you will be dismissed by family to go outdoors. Again, please don’t mingle inside the building afterward.

Guidelines for in-person attendees

  • Always maintain social distance of at least 6 feet.
  • Mask – we strongly suggest adults and children wear one. Singing especially transmits the virus through the air.  If you have bought or made extra masks please bring them in for others.
  • Nursery – there will be no nursery. All children must be attended to by parents. We leave it to the discretion of each family if you think your kids can sit through the service.
  • The cry room will be open.
  • No “busy bags” will be available for kids. You must bring your own items to keep your children occupied.
  • Snacks- We will not serve treats and coffee.
  • No pew Bibles will be available. Bring your own Bible!

We know this is a lot of information to digest. Please let us know if we can clarify anything. We are living in a very strange time and we appreciate your patience with us as we seek to guide our congregation. We are excited to see a number of you in person! “I was glad when they said to me, ‘Let us go to the house of the Lord!’” (Psalm 122:1)

CVCC Elder Team

April 1, 2020

Dear CVCC church family,

Our elders met last night with proper social distancing to pray for you and plan (see picture for your amusement).

In our last official update, we notified you that we were canceling all church activities through the end of March, but that we expected cancelations to last longer. Unfortunately, the pandemic continues to spread and worsen. Therefore, in accordance with the guidelines from our government, we are canceling all church activities through April 30. We will continue to live stream a worship service on Sunday mornings at 9:30 a.m.

As the time goes on when we are not able to see each other, isolation becomes more and more difficult and loneliness grows. So, please continue praying for each other and reaching out to one another through phone and video calls.

This time of isolation brings to mind Psalm 84. All Israel would make an annual pilgrimage to the temple in Jerusalem. Imagine only being able to truly worship once a year! They sang this Psalm as they made their trek, expressing their longing to be in God’s presence. May this also reflect our longing to be together. God’s presence is with us in a special way when Christ’s body gathers together to pray, sing, and hear God’s Word. Nothing can replace that! We long for the day when we can be together again, and for the heavenly kingdom where, as J. C. Ryle says, “The day is coming when there shall be a congregation that shall never break up, and a Sabbath that shall never end, a song of praise that shall never cease, and an assembly that shall never be dispersed.”

Psalm 84

1 How lovely is your dwelling place,
    O Lord of hosts!
My soul longs, yes, faints for the courts of the Lord;
my heart and flesh sing for joy
    to the living God.

Even the sparrow finds a home, and the swallow a nest for herself,
    where she may lay her young,
at your altars, O Lord of hosts,
    my King and my God.
Blessed are those who dwell in your house, ever singing your praise! Selah

Blessed are those whose strength is in you, in whose heart are the highways to Zion.[b]
As they go through the Valley of Baca they make it a place of springs;
    the early rain also covers it with pools.
They go from strength to strength; each one appears before God in Zion.

O Lord God of hosts, hear my prayer; give ear, O God of Jacob! Selah
Behold our shield, O God; look on the face of your anointed!

10 For a day in your courts is better than a thousand elsewhere.
I would rather be a doorkeeper in the house of my God
    than dwell in the tents of wickedness.
11 For the Lord God is a sun and shield; the Lord bestows favor and honor.
No good thing does he withhold
    from those who walk uprightly.
12  O Lord of hosts, blessed is the one who trusts in you!

CVCC Elder Team

March 21, 2020

We will be live streaming our service tomorrow on Facebook Live. You will also be able to view it on our website if you do not have a Facebook account. 

Family Discussion Questions

We have provided some questions for your family to discuss after the live service has ended. There are questions for children and adults. The questions can be downloaded here: cvccsd.org/live.

Instructions for Watching the Sunday Service Live Stream

To Watch on Facebook

  • Go to our church Facebook page. You can go there by clicking on this link: https://www.facebook.com/CentralValleyCommunityChurch/
  • Watch for the live feed to start. It should show up around 9:15 am at the top of the page. It will have a red “LIVE” button in the top left corner of the post. Simply click on this when it appears. 
  • There will be music playing from 9:15-9:30. This should allow you to get your sound adjusted well.

To Watch on Our Website

  • If you do not have a Facebook account, you will need to view the service on our website. 
  • Simply go to this page on our website:  https://cvccsd.org/live 
  • The video should appear around 9:15 am or a little after.
  • If you do not see the video around that time, keep refreshing the page until it appears. 
  • Once the video appears, simply click on the video to play it. Be patient, as it may take a few seconds to load up. 
  • There will be music playing from 9:15-9:30. This should allow you to get your sound adjusted well.  

Troubleshooting

  • If you are unable to hear the service, please check that the volume is turned up on:
    1. The video itself (this is usually located on the bottom right of the video)
    2. Your computer (this is usually on the bottom right of your screen and will look like a little speaker)
    3. On your external speakers (if you have speakers that are not a part of your computer)
  • Based on feedback from last week, it seems like the volume is louder from computers and televisions than from phones or tablets. 

Please be praying that everything works correctly! 

Please let us know how it went. Could you see and hear everything clearly?

Thank you and let us know if you have any questions,

– The CVCC Elder Team – 

March 19, 2020

Dear CVCC Family,

The elder team has decided that due to recommendations from our government to not have gatherings over 10 people for the next two weeks, and the biblical teaching to submit to our government (1 Peter 2:13-14), we have decided to cancel or make significant adjustments to most of our activities through March 30. We anticipate that the government recommendations will extend beyond that time and we will be certain to keep you updated. Cancellations include:

  • In-Person Sunday Worship Service and Sunday School
  • Middle School & High School Youth Groups
  • Men’s Breakfast
  • American Gospel Documentary & Potluck
  • Men’s Retreat April 3-4

Membership Class

We feel we can move forward with this class on Sunday, March 29 at 5:00 p.m. since the class will be fewer than 10 people. If you were planning on attending but don’t feel comfortable doing so anymore in person, please let us know so we can find a way to include you in the class.

Sunday Worship Livestream

Livestream of worship will continue on Sunday mornings at 9:30 a.m. Pastor Drew will continue to preach weekly, as the Lord wills. Please set aside this time just as if you were going to come to CVCC as normal. Use the time to worship reverently with us as if you were there in person. (In other words, try not to get up during the service to get a bag of Doritos). We will be sending out a list of questions you can use for family discussion following the sermon. We will have questions for both adults and children. 

Member Care

This is a strange and difficult time for all of us. God designed us for community and not gathering for a while will bring loneliness. We want to care for you as much as we can. We met as a CVCC Leadership Team (Elders and Deacons) to discuss and put plans in place to ensure we continue to support, care for, and love through this, no matter how long it takes.  

  • Please send prayer requests to the elders at CVCCElderTeam@gmail.com and feel free to call Pastor Drew at 605-595-0216.
  • Please keep us updated on your health and notify us if you have any serious illnesses, including COVID-19.
  • We also know some will face financial challenges due to this pandemic. We welcome you to share your needs and will keep them confidential. We want to help as much as possible and certainly be of prayer support to you.
  • We also encourage you to gather in small groups (under 10!) with those you feel safe with. Perhaps you can even gather on Sunday mornings to watch the live stream. Ligonier is also a sound Bible study & small group resource. They’re now offering all their materials online for free. Click here for more information.
  • Our Benevolence Team and Elders will be reaching out to all of you over the next couple of weeks to check in with you, pray for you, and make sure we are taking care of the needs of our family in Christ.

Giving

In 1 Cor 16:2, we’re taught, “On the first day of every week, each of you is to put something aside and store it up, as he may prosper…” Giving is a regular part of following Jesus alongside other things like Bible reading and prayer. We encourage you to continue that practice. “As you may prosper” means that we’re called to give according to what we have. We understand that you may face financial challenges and may not be able to give as much as you have been (or at all), and you should not feel guilty about that. According to how God has blessed you financially, we ask for your continued support of the mission of this church. Though we will not physically gather, we as a church still have expenses for the essentials of our budget. You may mail in your offering or drop it off in person (Drew & Christy are around and aren’t contagious). Our mailing address is:

PO Box 275
Hartford, SD 57033.

We are currently working on setting up online payment capabilities through PayPal and will send out another email with detailed instructions once we have that in place. 

Do Not Be Anxious

We are living through uncertain times and, with uncertain times, there is much to be anxious about. When we’re tempted to feel anxious about sickness, food, and the countless other worries we may have, it is vitally important that we focus our hearts and thoughts on Jesus. In Matthew, chapter 6, Jesus sees into the hearts of those He’s speaking to and realizes they are feeling the same temptations to be anxious. He speaks directly to their hearts by saying: 

Look at the birds of the air: they neither sow nor reap nor gather into barns, and yet your heavenly Father feeds them. Are you not of more value than they? And which of you by being anxious can add a single hour to his span of life? And why are you anxious about clothing? Consider the lilies of the field, how they grow: they neither toil nor spin, yet I tell you, even Solomon in all his glory was not arrayed like one of these. But if God so clothes the grass of the field, which today is alive and tomorrow is thrown into the oven, will he not much more clothe you, O you of little faith? Therefore do not be anxious, saying, ‘What shall we eat?’ or ‘What shall we drink?’ or ‘What shall we wear?’ For the Gentiles seek after all these things, and your heavenly Father knows that you need them all. But seek first the kingdom of God and his righteousness, and all these things will be added to you. “Therefore do not be anxious about tomorrow, for tomorrow will be anxious for itself. Sufficient for the day is its own trouble.”

Jesus tells us that he will provide us the grace we need for today AND the grace we will need for tomorrow, whatever tomorrow may bring. Let us continue to place our hope and trust in Jesus and his grace, mercy, and sacrificial love to each and every one of us who call him Lord and Savior! Rest on these truths amidst the chaos of the world!

The CVCC Elder Team

March 14, 2020

Good evening CVCC, 

We will be live streaming our service tomorrow on Facebook Live. You will also be able to view it on our website if you do not have a Facebook account. The instructions for viewing the live stream will be at the end of this email. 

First, we wanted to let everyone know that we will be having Sunday Service tomorrow for those who feel it is OK for them to come. If you believe it would be wiser for you to avoid the service, we hope you will decide to still be a part of it by watching online and participating in worship, prayer, and teaching with us. In order to protect everyone who does come on Sunday, we will be enacting the following procedures for everyone in attendance:

  • We ask that anyone with flu-like symptoms or coughs, no matter how mild, stay home and watch online
  • We ask that anyone who has traveled outside of the state in the last 14 days to stay home and watch online.
  • We ask that everyone who comes on Sunday wash their hands in the bathroom upon arrival into the building. (We have a very limited amount of hand sanitizer available for use throughout the morning)
  • We are removing the “Greeting Time” from the worship service. We will still have plenty of time for fellowship before and after the service. 
  • We will no longer have treats available before or after the service. We will still have coffee but it will no longer be self-serve. 
  • Access to the kitchen will be strictly limited to the serving team on duty. 
  • Sunday School will continue as normal (with the above precautions) for those that are able to attend in person. 
  • We are asking everyone to use their own judgment to determine whether it is wiser for them to attend the service in person or to watch it via the Live Stream. 

Instructions for Watching the Sunday Service Live Stream
To Watch on Facebook

To Watch on Our Website

  • If you do not have a Facebook account, you will need to view the service on our website. 
  • Simply go to this page on our website:  https://cvccsd.org/live 
  • The video should appear around 9:15 am or a little after.
  • If you do not see the video around that time, keep refreshing the page until it appears. 
  • Once the video appears, simply click on the video to play it. Be patient, as it may take a few seconds to load up. 

Troubleshooting

  • If you are unable to hear the service, please check that the volume is turned up on:
    1. The video itself (this is usually located on the bottom right of the video)
    2. Your computer (this is usually on the bottom right of your screen and will look like a little speaker)
    3. On your external speakers (if you have speakers that are not a part of your computer)

This is the first time we are trying this so please be praying that everything works correctly! We practiced it this evening and it worked well.
If you do watch the service through Facebook or our website, please let us know how it went. Could you see and hear everything clearly?

Thank you and let us know if you have any questions,

– The CVCC Elder Team – 

March 13, 2020

As an elder team, we want to do everything we can to ensure we keep our members safe as we worship our Lord. To this end, we will be implementing the following changes to our Sunday morning worship service:

  1. We are removing the “Greeting Time” from the worship service. We will still have plenty of time to fellowship before and after the service.
  2. We will no longer have treats available before or after the service. We will still have coffee but it will no longer be self-serve. 
  3. We are asking everyone to use their own judgment and do their own risk assessment as to whether or not it would be wise to attend the service. 
  4. We are asking that if you are experiencing any signs or symptoms of illness, regardless of how mild, to please not attend the service. If you have been exposed to the COVID-19 virus please let an Elder know.
  5. We are looking into options for live-streaming the service. We hope to have this up and running this coming Sunday. If we are able to get it going, we will let everyone know how to view it as soon as we know it is working correctly. The sermon will be available afterward at https://cvccsd.org/resources/sermons

Even with all of the changes and disruptions that are taking place across the world, there is one thing that remains certain: God is in control and we need not to worry if our faith is in him and what he has accomplished on the cross on our behalf. 

Please let us know if you have any questions or concerns and how we can be praying for you during this time, 

– The CVCC Elder Team –

March 11, 2020

Dear Central Valley Community Church,

As elders of CVCC, the health and safety of our church family are of utmost importance to us. We want to let everyone know that we are aware of the case of Coronavirus that has been confirmed in a parent of West Central students.

We are watching and paying close attention to the situation and any recommendations given by our local, county, state, and federal authorities and we encourage all of you to do so as well (Romans 13:1).

How will this affect our Sunday morning services?

At this moment in time, we are still planning on holding our Sunday morning service. That being said, we will follow any recommendations given by the authorities regarding meeting in large groups. If we are advised to refrain from meeting in large groups, we will not meet as a large group on Sunday morning.

We highly value our weekly worship, teaching, and fellowship and are looking into other alternatives in the event that we are unable to meet. Keep an eye out for further updates as the situation progresses. We will provide updates via email, our Facebook page, and our website. 

In this time, as we are anxious about the uncertainty of what is to come, we want to remind you all that we can find rest in trusting God in His sovereignty and comfort in His word. If you are feeling scared, please spend some time reading God’s Word, especially Psalm 121:

1 I lift up my eyes to the hills.
    From where does my help come?
My help comes from the Lord,

    who made heaven and earth.

He will not let your foot be moved;
    he who keeps you will not slumber.
Behold, he who keeps Israel

    will neither slumber nor sleep.

The Lord is your keeper;
    the Lord is your shade on your right hand.
The sun shall not strike you by day,

    nor the moon by night.

The Lord will keep you from all evil;
    he will keep your life.
The Lord will keep

    your going out and your coming in
    from this time forth and forevermore.

Please reach out to us if you have any questions,

The CVCC Elder Team